February 10, 2012

Reading Kingdom Review - Online Reading Program for kids ages 4-10

Recently I was given the opportunity to review an online reading program for kids ages 4-10.  This program is great for anyone that has children in preschool through third grade who are struggling readers. This program is also great for teachers. If your child is a special needs reader this is also a great reading program for them too. Reading Kingdom is fun and easy to use and it teaches kids how to read and write up to a third grade level. 


Reading Kingdom was created by Dr. Marion Blank, one of the worlds top experts in literacy.  She obtained her Ph.D. in Medical Psychology and she is the director of the Light on Learning program at Columbia University in New York. Dr. Marion Blank has devoted her life to helping children learn to read and, she has used her innovative methods to help thousands of kids. Now that Reading Kingdom is available for all parents she can help many more children around the world.  

When starting the Reading Kingdom program the child working on the program will be given lessons on how to use the keyboard and mouse so they feel comfortable using it so they can succeed in the program. If the child is already familiar with a keyboard and mouse these options can be skipped. The child will then work through a skills survey part 1 and part 2 . The skills surveys tests are to determine where the child will be placed at for their level. The skills survey tests are accurate when a parent does not offer any assistance to the child. The skills survey tests are not extensive testing so they should not be used be for grade
placement in school.
  
Each lesson was designed so that the child can finish it in one setting but it can be ended by clicking on the quit button. There is also a pause button if the child only needs to get up for a few minutes. It is recommended that the parent use the pause button because there is only a maximum of 12 minutes when clicking it. 

Children will learn how to type capital letters, and punctuation as well as words depending on their level. If the child types the wrong letter or punctuation they will hear a buzzing sound and a keyboard will pop up on the screen and show them what letters to type on the keyboard.  This allows them to visually see how to do it the next time, and then they are able to try it again themselves. 

Since I did not type in the answer right or waited to long the keyboard came up and showed me how to do it. 


This directions were to find the word that could be made into the word "more".  Once your child locates the word they will finish the word by filling in the blanks.



Each level has 6 books with 100-250 words to learn and each level takes about 10-15 weeks. The program works with any other curriculum your child may be using, and most children can do the program on their own in just a couple of weeks.

The program will read the word and the child just types in the missing letter, or the lesson may ask them to type in the full word. The lessons also show pictures to go along with the words. The child will receive many praises from the computer so if you can't be right their with your child and are in another room maybe doing dishes they will still gain the praise and confidence to succeed with the program.

 This is where the child will type in the words that the computer asks them to.



After each lesson is over the child will be given the opportunity to do extra activities. Your child can choose up to three activities and then click the star to start the activities.

The program is safe because their are no pop up ads, no chat and no links to follow. Parents can receive a monthly report by email so they know exactly where their child is when using the program.  Reading Kingdom works best with fast internet connection but if you're still on dial up and some people still are, it can be used providing you use Windows, Mac or Linux and have flash player on your computer. You will also need speakers to complete the program. This program not only teaches children how to read  but it also teaches young children how to sit and listen to instructions to prepare them for learning in a school setting.

What will your child learn upon completing the program? 
Your child will be reading at their grade level. They will also have a broad set of skills that will improve learning in all areas including reading with total accuracy, writing accurately, using punctuation, achieve full understanding of what they are reading plus confidence. Parents and teachers  it's up to you to decide whether this is the right program for your students, but I also want you to know that you will find other resources to help educate and entertain children through this program.

I invite you to learn more about Reading Kingdom by watching this short video and you can watch Cindy Crawford talk about the program. You can sign up for Reading Kingdom and get a 30 day free trial to try it to see if it's the right program for your child.

I did not complete the program I only used the program long enough to form an opinion about it, and I do recommend Reading Kingdom. What I love about this program is that they offer this program as early as preschool age and even special needs learners can use the program. They don't just jump into it lessons they offer the keyboard and mouse lessons for first time computer users. I also like that Reading Kingdom is clear to hear and is easy to understand, has nice graphics and they are really cute and age appropriate. I believe that kids, parents and teachers will truly love this online reading program. 

 You can follow Reading Kingdom on Twitter and "Like" them on Facebook to stay updated.  


"Disclosure: I received a free 30 day trial of Reading Kingdom in order to try the product to form an opinion for this review. The free 30 day trial  converted into a free annual membership worth $199. I was not compensated in any other manner. The opinions expressed above are my own and any claims should be verified on the sponsor’s site".

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